Bouquet: This elegant, light salmon coloured Rosé has an inviting bouquet of strawberry shortcake and sun warmed raspberry.
Palate:Luscious ripe strawberry and pomegranate flavours on the palate are complemented by a firm texture, full body and ripe acidity.
Food Match:Beautiful as an aperitif or with both fresh and smoked salmon dishes. Also matches well with melon and prosciutto.
Dietary Information: This wine is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.
Cellaring Recommendation: Drink now or cellar up to 3 years.
The growing season in Marlborough started out warm and dry, resulting in very even flowering and ultimately balanced vines with the right amount of crop to get them through to harvest. The warm weather continued through Spring and Summer, with periodic rains which kept the vines hydrated through the warm growing season. These warmer conditions also meant harvest started around two weeks earlier than the previous year and resulted in a Rosé that was full of fruit flavours in the red berry spectrum, with vibrancy, purity and structure.
Our Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours. To make our Pinot Noir Rosé, we did two picks a week apart from a small block of young vine Pinot Noir. The early picked fruit captured fresh acidity and bright raspberry character, and the later picked fruit added depth and weight to the flavour profile.
Winemaker: Natalie Christensen
Harvest Date: 19th March 2018
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 13.0% pH 3.57 TA 5.62 RS 1.6g/l
The Pinot Noir was harvested, chilled and de-stemmed directly to the press where it soaked on skins for four hours in a closed inert environment. The juice was then pressed off gently and cold settled for 72 hours. The clear juice was racked and inoculated with a selected yeast to enhance the varietal Pinot Noir characters of red fruit. The first pick was fermented in a stainless steel tank and the second pick was dropped into older French barriques for fermentation. Post fermentation, the wine in barrel was stirred twice weekly to build texture and weight. The bright, fruit forward wine fermented in tank was blended with the rich textural wine from oak to create an elegant and well-structured Rosé. The wine was stabilised and gently filtered prior to bottling.
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